March 15, 2016

Recent gene editing technologies are being used to create mice that model human genetic diseases, Holstein cattle lacking horns, and pigs resistant to a disease that has killed millions of other pigs. Editing is becoming less costly and easier to perform, with potential applications ranging from human medicine to yogurt production. How the technology will be regulated and how well editing will be accepted are uncertain, but at least one researcher sees a rare opportunity to advance medical science.


The AVMA Council on Education submitted its compliance report to the U.S. Department of Education this past October as part of its work toward re-recognition as the accreditor for U.S. veterinary colleges. The next step is for the council to once again go before the USDE’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, this time in June.


As common as kidney disease is in companion animal practice, it is thought that many practitioners in the U.S. may be unaware there are guidelines on diagnosing and treating renal disease in small animals. International Renal Interest Society guidance, available at, comprises IRIS Staging of Chronic Kidney Disease, IRIS Treatment Recommendations for CKD, guidelines on Grading of Acute Kidney Injury, and consensus recommendations for Treatment of Canine Proteinuric Kidney Disease.


The North American Veterinary Community Conference, Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Florida, attracted 17,328 veterinary professionals and other attendees. During the conference, NAVC launched a new clinical journal, Today’s Veterinary Technician.